Las Vegas: Tony Schumacher preview

SCHUMACHER LOOKS TO GET BACK ON TRACK IN VEGAS LAS VEGAS, Nev., April 8 - Coming off a second round loss in Houston two weeks ago, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will have his sights set on victory lane here this weekend...

SCHUMACHER LOOKS TO GET BACK ON TRACK IN VEGAS

LAS VEGAS, Nev., April 8 - Coming off a second round loss in Houston two weeks ago, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will have his sights set on victory lane here this weekend in the SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

After capturing two wins in the opening three races, Schumacher posted an early round exit at the O'Reilly Spring Nationals and in the process had his lead in the Top Fuel standings cut to eight points.

"We're going to be just fine," said the defending NHRA POWERade world champion. "We had a little hiccup down in Houston, but you're going to have those from time to time during the course of a 24-race season. We're anxiously awaiting the trip out to Vegas."

Schumacher fares pretty well when the NHRA tour hits The Strip. He has three wins to his credit there including the spring 2004 race.

"How can you not like racing on a state-of-the-art drag strip," he added. "We've definitely had our share of success which we hope will carry over into this weekend." Despite having the points lead after four races, Schumacher feels better days are ahead for his U.S. Army team.

"There's plenty of room for improvement," he said. "We've been racing well, but we haven't exactly been dominating. Some of it is the fact that there's more talent spread out in the class and some of it is because we just haven't been running like we should." Interestingly enough, Schumacher and his team are off to their best start since the 2005 season when they won nine races.

"I didn't realize that," said the Chicago-area resident. "Of course, that was then. It's a whole new ball game with all of the great drivers and teams that we have now. "We just have to keep working on getting better with each race and, hopefully, come November we'll be collecting another championship trophy. We'll have to stay physically strong, just like our Army Strong Soldiers, to complete the long season ahead."

-credit: dsr

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